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April 23, 2014
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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:

I enjoyed reading reporter Marilyn Odendahl’s recent article about the lawsuits challenging the ban on marriage equality in Indiana. I am very glad to see your newspaper give attention to the suits, because marriage equality is both of national and local importance.

However, I write to encourage you to discard the use of the term “homosexual.” Though the term is rather anodyne to the average person, the history of the term is troubling and offensive to many people familiar with its history. The American Psychological Association popularized the term when it defined “homosexuality” as a mental disorder. Understandably, many people find offensive the label that was historically used as a diagnosis of mental illness.

More recently, a New York Times article noted that the term is often used as a descriptor to conflate sexual orientation with deviance, effectively cultivating unfounded fear with phrases like “homosexual agenda,” and “homosexual lifestyle.”

Though no human can free herself of bias, it is the legal community’s responsibility to use language that is fair, especially as our position affords us significant power to use language to change lives. And though some will perceive my language as overly sensitive, I respectfully remind those critics that language evolves: it is no longer appropriate to use terms like “Negro,” either.

I urge Indiana Lawyer to use phrases like “LGBTQ,” and “gay and lesbian,” instead of the often hurtful and now dated term “homosexual.”

Kindly,

Lucy Frick
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Juris Doctor Anticipated 2015
 

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  1. That comment on this e-site, which reports on every building, courtroom or even insignificant social movement by beltway sycophants as being named to honor the yet-quite-alive former chief judge, is truly laughable!

  2. Is this a social parallel to the Mosby prosecutions in Baltimore? Progressive ideology ever seeks Pilgrims to burn at the stake. (I should know.)

  3. The Conour embarrassment is an example of why it would be a good idea to NOT name public buildings or to erect monuments to "worthy" people until AFTER they have been dead three years, at least. And we also need to stop naming federal buildings and roads after a worthless politician whose only achievement was getting elected multiple times (like a certain Congressman after whom we renamed the largest post office in the state). Also, why have we renamed BOTH the Center Township government center AND the new bus terminal/bum hangout after Julia Carson?

  4. Other than a complete lack of any verifiable and valid historical citations to back your wild context-free accusations, you also forget to allege "ate Native American children, ate slave children, ate their own children, and often did it all while using salad forks rather than dinner forks." (gasp)

  5. "So we broke with England for the right to "off" our preborn progeny at will, and allow the processing plant doing the dirty deeds (dirt cheap) to profit on the marketing of those "products of conception." I was completely maleducated on our nation's founding, it would seem. (But I know the ACLU is hard at work to remedy that, too.)" Well, you know, we're just following in the footsteps of our founders who raped women, raped slaves, raped children, maimed immigrants, sold children, stole property, broke promises, broke apart families, killed natives... You know, good God fearing down home Christian folk! :/

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